Holmer maintain eighth place after second win in a week over Reading City
By John Ostinelli
Greens winning run continues, but victory clouded by late sending-offs.
Match Report, Saturday 2nd March 2019
Holmer Green 2 Reading City 0
The Greens earned their second win in six days over Reading City on Saturday to make it six straight wins –five in the League – and therefore maintaining eighth position in the UHL Premier table.
The recent run has coincided with Manager Allen, being able to field a more consistent starting eleven and this was the case on Saturday with only one change, Ryan Parsons replacing the unavailable Dean Powles.
In truth, the game, despite the excellent surface, wasn’t a classic with the gusty wind making it difficult for all the players to con-trol the ball especially when some insisted on keeping it up in the air.
Chances were few and far between in the first period. The clos-est Holmer came was following good pressure by Kotwica, Ade-liyeka’s cross was cleared to Stone who gave Crawford a shoot-ing chance which he fired over. Shortly after Munday headed over from a corner when well placed then just on half-time a great run by Kotwica saw him cut in from the right and present Adeliyeka with a chance that he volleyed just wide.
On the hour, the home side made two changes with Lines and Riley replacing Stone and Kotwica and soon after Riley showed his potential in the sixty-fifth minute, when following good interchange with the marauding Burrell, his cross caused all sorts of confusion in the visitors area and after a bout of pinball, Crawford’s touch sent the ball towards the net, the final ball going in off the goalkeeper.
Ten minutes later on seventy-five minutes, Holmer sealed the win when they were awarded a free-kick for one of many fouls on Matty Wooster. Gary Lines stepped up to fire home an un-stoppable shot from just outside the area into the top corner of the net giving keeper Carr no chance.
With the game edging to its conclusion and one in which nei-ther goalkeeper had been seriously troubled an incident two minutes from time left a sour taste on proceedings. A poor chal-lenge near the dugout on Adam Riley by Reading’s Austin Best, sent Riley into the fence adjacent to the playing area with Best then landing on top of Riley. Both were amongst four dismissed which was almost unexplainable in a match played in good spirit by both sides and in which hardly a bad tackle was made.
Team: Brown, Crawford, Burrell, Stone ©, Munday, Dan Wilson, Ryan Parsons, Greg Wright, Pawel Kotwica, Matt Wooster, Josh Adeliyeka.
Substitutes Used: Lines, Riley and Tyson.
Substitutes Not Used: Britnell and Duffy.
Report by John Ostinelli